SolarCity and Direct Energy will provide solar electricity and solar energy storage systems at two BJ’s Wholesale Club locations, an operator of warehouse clubs in the eastern United States.
Two BJ’s Wholesale Club sites in Framingham and Dedham, Mass. are early adopters of DemandLogic, SolarCity’s smart energy storage system for businesses and commercial users. These are the first BJ’s Clubs to install solar energy coupled with storage and will be the first two sites on the East Coast to utilize SolarCity’s DemandLogic™ platform.
“Solar coupled with battery storage is a great, cost efficient and long-lasting solution for large retailers like BJ’s,” said Kevin Moran, manager of utility and energy services at BJ’s Wholesale Club. “Improvements like these help keep costs low so we can pass on more savings to our valued members.”
The Framingham Club will have more than 400 kW of solar energy while Dedham will install 764 kW of solar energy. Both BJ’s Clubs will be installed in conjunction with a 200 kW lithium-ion battery storage system that cuts energy costs by using stored electricity to lower peak demand. SolarCity will also install a 1.3 MW solar system on BJ’s distribution facility in Uxbridge, Mass. this year.
“Pairing battery storage with solar PV systems is a new and viable opportunity that positions Direct Energy Business as a total energy management service provider for commercial and industrial customers,” said John Schultz, president of Direct Energy Business.